How Do Air And Ground Source Pumps Work And Why Are They Such Money Savers?

How Do Air And Ground Source Pumps Work And Why Are They Such Money Savers?

Did you know that the government could pay you for using renewable heating methods in your home? Our team of highly skilled and professional gas safe plumbers incorporate a wide range of microgeneration energy sources into the renewable energy packages that we offer to our clients. This includes air and ground source heat pumps. If you are unfamiliar with this method of heating, let us explain how it works and why it’s such a great way to save money on your energy bills.

Both air and ground source heat pumps are renewable energy options that function by absorbing heat from natural sources through a series of buried underground piping networks. The contained water is then heated and distributed around your home through your boiler, radiators and/or water underfloor heating system. Much like water underfloor heating, air and ground source pumps function at a far lower temperature and last much longer than gas and oil systems. Although this heating method will never be completely carbon neutral as it runs off electricity, it does provide a more environmentally friendly option for heating your home. Having this system in place means that your heating is operating free of the major carbon emissions that come as an unwelcome side effect of traditional heating methods. There is a lot to consider when contemplating making the switch to renewable energy- here are just some of the many benefits this form of heating has to offer…

Advantages of Air and Ground Source Heating

  • Under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) set up in the United Kingdom, you may be eligible for quarterly payments.
  • Once installed, these heat pumps won’t just heat your home, they can be reversed in summer to function as a cooling system.
  • After the installation process is complete, air and ground source heat pumps require minimal maintenance.
  • Air and ground source heat pumps are cheaper to run than gas and oil boilers, which means that your monthly payments will be much more affordable.
  • They have a longer life span than other heating methods (lasting up to 50 years after installation).
  • They are suitable for installation throughout the United Kingdom and planning permission is generally granted to those seeking the installation of air and ground source heating For further information, please check with your local authority before commencing any work.
  • These heat pumps are environmentally friendly and greatly reduce your carbon footprint.

Disadvantages of Air and Ground Source Heating


  • The initial installation cost can often be high. However, it is important to note that these systems offer longevity and require little to no servicing after they are installed. If you would like to know the costing of a project like this, get in touch today for a free and no obligation quote.
  • These can be complex heating systems to install, but with an experienced team in place, this isn’t something that will greatly impact you our lifestyle. Our team will carry out various intensive tests before leaving your property, so you can rest assured that your heating system is fully operational.
  • Air and ground source heating does require electricity to run efficiently meaning this system will never be entirely carbon neutral.
  • Installing air and ground source heating can be disruptive to your home and garden. However, with the installation of nearly any heating systems you will have to be prepared for some level of disruption to your home or garden, and having had years of industry experience, the team at AES will always keep this disruption to a minimum.

The Government funded Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme


The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme not only helps you save money on your energy bills but also sends you quarterly payments as thanks for contributing towards making Britain greener. This government scheme applies to biomass boilers and solar water heating as well as air and ground source heating. The scheme was set up in 2011 as an incentive to the British public to start thinking about making the switch to sustainable renewable energy. The way in which this scheme has been set up allows those that heat their homes using sustainable heating methods to receive payment based on an estimated seven years.

AES are looking to become approved installers of the Magic Thermodynamic box:

Our thermodynamic solar assisted heat pump can be best described as ‘A Fridge in reverse’. Most people understand that the panel on the back of their fridge is a factor in keeping its contents cold. 

Reversing this principle by using an aluminium collector (panel) to absorb heat rather than reject heat, allows us to utilise the ambient air temperature (day and night in all weather conditions) to change the refrigerant liquid circulating through the aluminium collector (panel) from a liquid to a gas form. This changing state of the refrigerant allows us to capture energy. The returning refrigerant now in gas form is then compressed and passed through the heat exchanger within either the:

The LMTB III and IVRetrofit thermodynamic SAHP where the water from the cylinder is brought to the other side of the heat exchanger and the heat from the refrigerant is absorbed by the water until it reaches 55°C.

 If you are thinking of making the switch to renewable energy or you have any further questions, get in touch with our expert team today. Not only can we help you with any queries you might have, we also offer all our customers FREE quotations and extended guarantees with one FREE annual servicing for all boilers installed before September.

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